My parents never warned me about the dangers of alcohol. Nevertheless, I do not drink a single drop. How?
Simply because I witnessed how alcohol can be deadly. Three teenagers I knew died when I was in high school because they had drunk before driving home. I witnessed the erratic behavior of drunk people at parties. I tried to drink this beverage and was disgusted by the taste.
In my humble opinion, being open to our children about the damages of alcohol is the best prevention. We cannot be behind their backs 24/7. However, we can speak to them like the intelligent beings they are. We can explain how alcohol hurts the brain and the whole body, how it has the capacity to ruin people’s lives.
Lastly, I feel the best way to prevent our children and teenagers from drinking alcohol is simply to be sober. Do not drink. Lead by example.
To be a mum and to do my best yes, to be perfect no. Human rather.
I share with my children how I sometimes feel torn between taking care of myself, practicing my morning routine to give the best of myself to them, and to be present with them, to simply be fully aware with them.
In this regard, I really like the Inspire Nation video “JONATHAN ROBINSON: 10 Second Shortcuts to Pure Awakened Awareness! | Spiritual Awakening Exercises“.
Thank you to the mums who do their best so our children can play together.
Thank you to the mums who do not care if they are friends or not with another mother before letting their children all play together.
Thank you to the mums who do not care if the children from the other family are not the same whatever or live not in exactly the same way.
Thank you to the cool mums. I really think our children benefit from playing together.
I stumbled upon this magnificent colorful book: Happy.
The title is Happy and it is such a fantastic clever support to initiate a conversation with our kids about how they feel.
Read Happy by Mies Van Hout if you have little ones.
Talking about emotions, I also loved the children movie Inside Out:
I love Preston Smiles and could relate when he shared that he would give his own life for his son (@prestonsmiles).
However, what if giving our life could not change anything?
I feel so frustrated because giving my life would not have prevented my son from suffering.
If this is the case for you as well, my heart goes to yours.
May we help each other sister. May we take care of our children even more, without guilt.